The House perfected a bill that aims at reducing the abortion rate.
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The House perfected a bill that aims at reducing the abortion rate.

Date: May 8, 2012
By: Ashley Hartman
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB1357

Supporters say a bill in the Missouri House would help decrease the abortion rate in Missouri.
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Wrap: The House gave first round approval to a bill that would acknowledge the rights of abortion clinic alternatives and would allow them to provide homes for pregnant women as well as counseling. 

St. Louis County Republican Representative Stacey Newman supports the bill saying it would protect these women during a time of great need. 

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Description: "To know that you are being treated by someone who has a medical background, that to me is just common sense respect."

St. Louis City Democratic Representative Jeanette Oxford opposes the bill calling it a "freedom to lie" bill.  She also says local municipalities should have some control over these agencies.   

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ashley Hartman. 

The House gave first round approval to a bill that supporters say would provide pregnant women with an alternative to abortion.
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Wrap: Under this bill, abortion clinic alternatives would provide free housing and medical assistance to women seeking help with their pregnancy without government interference. 

The bill sponsor Representative Chuck Gatschenberger says this bill would help protect those agencies' labor of love.  He also says these organizations have helped reduce abortion rates in the past.

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Description: "Abortions dropped by over a thousand from 2009 to 2010 representing the fewest number of Missouri residents obtaining abortions in one year since 1973."

Kansas City Democratic Representative Jason Holsman opposed the bill and says there's no redeeming language within the legislation and he did not understand why it continued to be discussed. 

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ashley Hartman.

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